Basic Schedule for the 3 days. You should try to leave your school on the morning of Day 1 by 8:30 a.m.
Group Arrival 10 a.m.
Lunch (Vida Verde provided)
Group goes to the Redwood Forest for a long hike
Move into Teepees
Camper Choice (examples of choices: cook dinner, extreme hike, crafts, or making ice cream)
Wake up, get ready for the day
Group goes to the Farm & Goat program
Lunch at farm or coast
Group goes to the Coast
Return to Vida Verde
Dinner cooking & short teepee-time
Wake up, get ready, move out of teepees
Extended camper choice
Early & simple lunch
Group Picture and Goodbyes
The bus should arrive back at Vida Verde to pick you up on Day 3 at 1:30 p.m.
85% or more of the students receive free/reduced price lunches and
Students do not otherwise have an overnight environmental education opportunity in grades 4-6.
Vida Verde offers one program a week during the school year from Tuesday to Thursday. Vida Verde programs are scheduled far into the future and our programs for the 2018-2019 school year are currently full. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list for the current school year, or if you’re interested in scheduling for next school year, please submit this form.
Upon request Vida Verde staff will make a presentation to parents (and students) at the school prior to the trip to Vida Verde. We have found over the years that these presentations are useful in convincing parents who are tentative about sending their child away on this outdoor education experience. Often the students and their parents are not familiar with camping or the rural areas just outside the Bay Area. Our presentation will give them the information and reassurance they need to feel good about the trip and to make sure the students are fully prepared.
For each presentation, we bring parent handouts in English and Spanish. It is often helpful if there is someone at the meeting to translate. (Some of our presenters speak Spanish, and some do not.)
If you have a trip scheduled with us and would like us to come a give a presentation for parents, please contact us at least a month in advance of your trip date to so we can set up a presentation time/date.
East Palo Alto Kids Foundation (Ravenswood Schools only):
EPAK accepts grant applications (up to $500) from Ravenswood City School District teachers twice a year. Applications for Fall field trips are typically due in September while applications for Winter Field trips are typically due in January.
Science By Nature Transportation Fund:
Click on the “Transportation Fund” button to access the application for transportation funding. Grants of up to $500 towards transportation. The fund is a set amount of money each year, so applying early in the year is recommended.
Philanthropic Ventures Foundation:
Teachers, committed to the education of their students and in the best position to know what is needed come up with good ideas all the time, but don't have the resources to fund them or the time to pursue arduous funding requirements. That's why Teacher Resource Grants was launched (more than 10,000 teachers have received them to date). Teachers fax your one-page requests to PVF and receive a response within 48 hours. These grants can be used for classroom materials, projects, and field trips.